The theme of the project was to design ‘Shah Makhdum International Airport’ in Rajshahi, the most cherished one for the development of rajshahis economic strata and tourism .The concept was to design a technological form by mimicking the legacy from nature and trans mutating that natural space into a more functional one, a memorable experience for the passengers.
The story begins from the time when people used to travel from one place to another on foots in indian sub-continent .Tree shades were the only means for taking rest on their break of journeys .The space under the trees with its playfulness of light and shadow made it a space for meditation, spirituality and coolness of mind. An airport is a place where a journey begins and ends, sometimes it’s a place for break of journeys for further destinations. Metaphorically airport is a part of the journey, an experience towards the broader one. It should resemble tree shades from our legacy, a place for experience, calmness for pounding hearts and spirituality .It should reflect the cities culture and history that it’s made for. Rajshahi is a city of cultural legacy and history, a city of spirituality, a city of Silk, a city of extreme weather. It was the idea to design a place from the legacy by juxtaposing culture and technology by fulfilling contemporary urban need. That is why silk was the best choice. The microscopic image of silk cocoon inspired me to design a cocoon like structure which will be light in weight, creates rain of light and cools itself through multiple layer of weaving like lightweight structures the same way a tree does through its leafs. All together it is the same tree shade experience from the legacy. Incorporating building intelligence which will cool itself up to 10-15 degrees through the structures was equally important for countering the extreme heat of the city in summer. Rajshahi is a city of spirituality, a city of silk. I wanted to create a space from our legacy to juxtapose between culture, history and technology by using the cities to bold their identities.
Rajshahi is a city of spirituality, a city of silk. I wanted to create a space from our legacy to juxtapose between culture, history and technology by using the cities to bold their identities.